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June 26th, 2014

City officials discuss rationale for proposed employee raises

June 26, 2014

During an employee appreciation luncheon on June 24, Benton Mayor David Mattingly announced a proposed 4.1 percent, across-the-board pay increase for city employees.

The proposal first must pass through a joint meeting tonight of the Finance Committee and the Personnel Committee in order to be presented at the next City Council meeting for approval.

The last employee raise approved by the council was done with Ordinance 71 of 2011, passed on Dec. 19, 2011. It approved a 2 percent raise effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Bauxite man involved in fatal crash

June 26, 2014

A Bauxite man was involved in an accident that caused the death of another man Tuesday night on U.S. 70 East in Garland County.

Chuck Elmore, 47, of Bauxite was eastbound in a 2012 Chevrolet on Highway 70 and reportedly did not see two people standing on the side of the road beside their vehicles.

Unable to change lanes, Elmore's vehicle fishtailed and collided with one of the vehicles, striking one of the drivers.

The victim was identified as Scott Andrew Burnham, 58, of Fort Worth, Texas, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Benton man accused of killing dog

June 26, 2014

Paul Daugherty, 26, of Benton was arrested Tuesday for allegedly beating a dog to death earlier this year.

Daugherty was transported to the Saline County Detention Center, according to Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer with the Benton Police Department. He has since be released on a $10,000 signature bond.

Daugherty has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

For the full story, see Friday's issue of The Saline Courier.


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